The use of mouthwash might be highly debated in the dental industry, but one thing is clear: when used correctly, it is beneficial to your oral health.

When mouthwash was first introduced to the general public, its only benefit was temporarily making someone’s breath smell better. But with modernized health and science, mouthwash has evolved into an at-home oral rinse that has the power to clean teeth and gums and kill bacteria that causes an array of oral diseases. 

So, you may wonder why it’s still being debated. Well, it just so happens that mouthwash is too often misused. Therefore, the effectiveness of the rinse can be little to none on your oral health, which is why some dental professionals may not always recommend an oral rinse to their patients. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at mouthwash—what to use, when to use it, and what to avoid. Please keep reading to learn more.


How to Properly Use Mouthwash


 

First things first, it’s important to note that using an oral rinse does not replace the need for brushing and flossing. For your mouthwash to work correctly, you must do your routine of brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Then, your mouthwash can do the job it’s designed to do.

Next, you’ll measure out the amount of mouthwash you need. For most, it’s between three and five teaspoons. A small cup is often provided with a mouthwash that you can use as a measuring tool. Once you know how much liquid is the right amount for you, pour it into your mouth and begin swishing it around. Swish for about thirty seconds, then tilt your head back and gargle for thirty seconds. After that, you can spit out the rinse, and then you’re all done!

Remember, mouthwash is typically not safe for ingestion, so do not swallow it under any circumstances. Small amounts of an oral rinse here and there may not be toxic, but keep mouthwash away from children and toddlers and only allow them to use it under adult supervision. 


Picking the Right Oral Rinse


Mouthwashes are made for all kinds different oral health issues. Some might target bad breath, while others target gingivitis and gum disease. As usual, check for an ADA approval sticker on your dental products. Dentists advise that if you’re looking for a mouthwash, choose one that tackles one of your biggest concerns. 

If you’re concerned about breath, choose something with antibacterial properties. Someone with a dry mouth should avoid using a rinse that contains alcohol. And for someone concerned about gum disease, select a fluoride mouthwash. If you have problems with tooth sensitivity, look for a product that lists potassium citrate, potassium nitrate, calcium phosphate, stannous fluoride, and sodium fluoride in the active ingredients. Some of these ingredients can soothe the nerves within the teeth, while others can strengthen the natural tooth enamel.


Come to Oak Hills Dentistry for All Your Oral Health Needs


Whether you’re concerned about your overall oral health or are looking for a new dentist in your area, Oak Hills Dentistry is the place for you and your family. Our friendly, dedicated staff and dentists strive to give you the best family dental care and cosmetic dental care offered. Our office is in Layton, Utah, so if you’re in the area, contact us today to make an appointment and learn more about our staff and services.